Welcome reader to my blog - a mixture of this and that. Now that we are living in a retirement community in downtown Columbia, MD my personal gardening activities are somewhat curtailed. I still enjoy visiting gardens, reading, watching wildlife on my walks, traveling, and occasional food commentary. Please leave a comment if you feel inspired to do so. I read every one of them.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Cattails Gone

The pond looks totally different with the cattails gone.  A handyman named Bill came on Tuesday and spent an muggy hot morning pulling the cattails old and new ones and cleaning it all up.

Here's the pond earlier this spring with the new spikes of cattails just beginning to show.  The green spikes around the pond are water iris.

Here is the week or two before the deed was done.  See how tall the cattails have become?

Here is the pond after clean out.  Water full of the silt that got churned up.
Amazingly enough the goldfish survived.

Here's the pile of cattails in the woods edge.

The iris are now in full bloom around the pond.

I'm still drawing a blank on this plant (below).  Anyone know it's name?

Here's the pond two days later after  a good rain.  I don't know if the water will get clearer.

I know the goldfish are more visible which may mean a visit from a heron.

I couldn't have completed this job on my own.


Jenny said...

Your plant is very likely Tradescantia 'Sweet Kate" http://www.northcreeknurseries.com/plantName/Tradescantia--Sweet-Kate

Robin said...

Your place looks great Marcia! I've had one of those plants in the past. I just can't remember the name of it.

Jenny said...

your blue blooming plant is Tradescantia 'Sweet Kate' Spiderwort or Blue & Gold

Betsy Adams said...

Hi Marcia, Love your little pond.... The guy did a good job cleaning it out. Glad the goldfish lived!!!!!

Your Irises are FABULOUS.... I'll have another Iris post on Monday... We had 20 different varieties this year --but they are long gone.


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